West Ham coach Manuel Pellegrini warned Andy Carroll that he must prove his worth on the pitch in order to remain at the club
The former Liverpool striker’s current contract with West Ham will expire at the end of the season after six years in London.
But Carroll’s time with the Hammers has been clouded with a set of lingering injury issues that have restricted him to just 130 appearances in total.
And now Pellegrini says Carroll will have to convince him that he’s worth keeping by proving it on the pitch.
“When you need to renew your contract, of course you must demonstrate why you need to renew,” said Pellegrini, according to FourFourTwo.
“We know what Andy can give to our team, now he must demonstrate he is able to do it week by week.
“He has now the last six months, and I hope that he will be able to do it.”
Carroll made his first appearance of the season for West Ham in Tuesday night’s 3-1 win over Cardiff City in the Premier League.
Pellegrini added: “For the moment, he can be a very important substitute.
“We know what he can give to our team, the other day in 15 minutes, he had two or three shots, headers.
“All the other defenders must be worried if they see Andy near the box, he can give a lot of important things to our team.”
West Ham will face Crystal Palace this Saturday at home with kick-off set for 16:00 (CET).